Defender Jake Kelly has been ruled out of Adelaide’s twilight clash with Gold Coast on Saturday.
Kelly, 22, was accidentally poked in the eye in the second quarter of Adelaide’s win over Essendon. He sat out the second half and was taken to hospital as a precaution.
General Manager of High Performance Matt Hass said the Club wouldn’t take any risks with the injury.
“Jake consulted a specialist and it was recommended that he have the week off, “Hass said.
“He will be reassessed early next week.”
Wingman Charlie Cameron finished Saturday night’s game on the bench with his leg iced, but is set to take his place in the team to play the Suns at Metricon Stadium.
“Charlie Cameron left the ground and was experiencing some general soreness around his hips,” Hass said.
“He’s showed up (at the Club) pretty well this morning. We expect him to train fully and be available for the weekend.”
Josh Jenkins will attempt to increase his training loads as he continues to recover from a rib injury.
“Josh trained yesterday and will train again with the team tomorrow (Wednesday),” Hass said.
“He’ll be a ‘test’ for the weekend.”
The Club is optimistic fellow forward Mitch McGovern (hamstring) won’t require surgery, but assessment is ongoing.
McGovern consulted specialists after tearing his hamstring in Adelaide’s Round Three Showdown win.
He’s likely to miss 8 – 12 weeks.
“Mitch has progressed really well in the early stages of his rehab and will spend about two months on the sidelines.”
Midfielder Scott Thompson, who has missed a fortnight with a corked adductor, is expected to be available for selection.
Draftee Jordan Gallucci missed the second half of Adelaide’s SANFL win over South Adelaide on Sunday after receiving a knock to his lower leg. The line-breaking onballer is rated as a ‘test’ for this week.
“Jordan received a knock to the shin. He had a previous injury there from the week before,” Hass said.
“He wasn’t able to get back to full speed after half time, so we decided to finish his game there.”
Defenders Kyle Cheney and Alex Keath are aiming to return from their respective hamstring injuries next month. The Club is continuing to take a cautious approach to Paul Seedsman’s recovery from groin soreness.
Injury Update as of Tuesday, April 18
Jake Kelly (eye) – Assess
Jordan Gallucci (shin) – Assess
Josh Jenkins (ribs) – Test
Scott Thompson (adductor) – Test
Kyle Cheney (hamstring) – 2 – 3 weeks
Alex Keath (hamstring) – 2 – 3 weeks
Paul Seedsman (groin) – Indefinite
Ben Davis (foot) – Indefinite
Mitch McGovern (hamstring) – 8 – 12 weeks
Cam Ellis-Yolmen (knee) – Season